Watch­ing team­mates from side­line painful for Raiders QB

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As painful as a bro­ken bone in his back may have been for Oakland Raiders quar­ter­back Derek Carr, be­ing forced to sit and watch his team­mates play caused per­haps as much hurt.

Carr got hurt in Den­ver on Oct. 1 and im­me­di­ately apol­o­gized to coach Jack Del Rio for miss­ing time. But now af­ter sit­ting out last week against Bal­ti­more when Oakland (2-3) lost its third straight game, Carr is on tar­get to re­turn Sun­day when the Raiders host the Los An­ge­les Charg­ers (1-4).

“I felt bad be­cause I care so much about this team and this or­ga­ni­za­tion that even though I had a bro­ken back I still felt bad that I couldn’t be out there to help be­cause as you guys know, I sat there for two games last year and had to watch know­ing there’s noth­ing I could do to help,” Carr said. “It is a lonely feel­ing. It hurts be­cause I see the sac­ri­fice all my team­mates make and I just want to be out there to help them be­cause I be­lieve that I can.”

The Raiders need a healthy Carr to re­verse this re­cent slide that be­gan with losses at Wash­ing­ton and Den­ver when Oakland was held to 10 points or fewer in con­sec­u­tive games for the first time since 2009. Oakland has lost its 11 games that weren’t started by Carr, in­clud­ing the reg­u­larsea­son fi­nale and play­off game last sea­son.

Carr got hurt in the sec­ond half of the 16-10 loss to the Bron­cos and backup E.J. Manuel couldn’t get the of­fence go­ing last week in a 30-17 loss to Bal­ti­more.

There were some signs of im­prove­ment, in­clud­ing the Raiders run­ning for 108 yards af­ter be­ing held to 56 over the pre­vi­ous two weeks com­bined. But Oakland had only 137 yards pass­ing as the of­fence strug­gled for a third straight week af­ter scor­ing 71 points the first two games.

“We just have to be ef­fi­cient,” Carr said. “I’m sit­ting there watch­ing the game, when you watch it from the side­line it’s re­ally hard. To sit there and see cer­tain looks and see things go­ing on with all those kind of things. I think that if we can just be ef­fi­cient, and each man has to do their job.”

The one as­pect of the of­fence that has been miss­ing most has been re­ceiver Amari Cooper, who has been held to four catches for 23 yards the past three games.

Cooper topped 1,000 yards re­ceiv­ing in each of his first two sea­sons but has been miss­ing in ac­tion this year ei­ther be­cause of dropped passes, bad throws or quar­ter­backs not tar­get­ing him when he’s open.

“I think ev­ery­one on our team is a lit­tle frus­trated at some­thing,” Carr said. “That’s just one thing. The frus­tra­tion, that part of it is what we have to get rid of. We just have to go out and let it loose. I don’t think there’s one thing where it’s like, hey, it’s this or it’s that that leads to that. I think if we can go out there and cut it loose and just trust what we have, I think we’ll be bet­ter go­ing for­ward.” na­tive Rus­sia, Alexei Emelin was claimed in the NHL ex­pan­sion draft and Nathan Beaulieu was traded to Buf­falo.

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Oakland quar­ter­back Derek Carr is on tar­get to re­turn Sun­day when the Raiders host the Los An­ge­les Charg­ers.

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